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Love in the face of mental illness

When a patient has lost all hope, it is his caregivers who often stay by his side and reassure him of better days ahead

Love is a many-splendoured thing. It is the great reviver of relationships; it comes in all shapes and sizes; it can enter your life uninvited but almost certainly brings growth, joy and deeply tender moments that you savour for a long time.

Where I work as a psychiatrist, I've seen so many cases where love has often been an indefatigable ally in the fight against the stigma and turbulence of mental illness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 10, 2020, with the headline 'Love in the face of mental illness'. Subscribe